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Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu We're a little late, but Real Life got in the way, so here we finally are. Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today that Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition has been released. This version focusses on improvements in cloud computing on the server using Eucalyptus, further improvements in boot speed, as well as development on Netbook Remix. The related KDE, Xfce, and other variants have been released as well. Update by ELQ: Just a quick note to say that one of my Creative Commons videos was selected to be part of Ubuntu's Free Culture Showcase package that comes by default with the new Ubuntu version!
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RE[4]: Buggy, buggy
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Oct 2009 03:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Buggy, buggy"
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I do believe there is a "newusers" script that you can run if you have a lot of users, that will take as input a copy of the old file from /etc/passwd, so saving that file as well could save you time for a new install.


Here it is:

http://linux.die.net/man/8/newusers

What you do is ensure that /home is intact, then take a copy of the existing /etc/passwd file before you wipe / and re-install the new OS. You would then replace all of the encrypted password fields with a new clear text password. You would then run the newusers command using your modified file as input.

Your existing users would all then have their existing /home directories and be able to log in to the new OS with the new password.

It would be prudent to require that they all change their password straight away.

Edited 2009-10-30 03:24 UTC

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